It was my first year entering first the Northeast district competition and then the International Print Competition which follows a bit later in the year. I ended up with two out of four images meriting! They will even be on display at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee Feb. 1-3, 2015! They had over 5000 images submitted with 1800 meriting. I got some great feedback and can’t wait to work on next years prints (and am even holding a pet model search to find some awesome dogs or cats to help me!).
“Jump” was my only entry from the district competition to be eligible for a merit. This means that it was “sealed” and I only had to enter it into IPC and it would automatically merit.
This beauty, Bergen, was my second image to merit. I even got to hear it being judged as they streamed the judging live this year. It was a close call – no merit at first but one judge challenged and talked all the other judges into it. It’s biggest fault was the crop. I was seriously kicking myself about this crop – I originally had it just like the judges wanted but over thought it and changed it. I almost changed it back before entering the image, but I already collapsed the frame layers in photoshop so I didn’t. Next time I will go with my first instinct and try not to over think it!
This entry did not merit but I got some great feedback. The judges couldn’t tell that the dress on the dog on the right was actually part of the dress – they thought it might have been a pillow. There was also some confusion as to the left dogs second, missing ear. And finally they would have liked to see both eyes – only one eye on each dog made it almost seem like two one eyed dogs. All good feedback I will be contemplating for the next round!
This entry also didn’t merit. They would have liked to see more eye contact from the dog, and some more back lighting. I also didn’t clean it up enough – there are a couple floating dog hairs I missed!
Now I am super eager to keep trying and hopefully do even better. My goal for next year is three merited prints! If you think you’d be interested in having your dog in a print competition, please sign them up for my Pet Model Search!